I have to question the tactics of the students who disrupted traffic in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, and not just because they outed themselves as illegally present in the United States and then did something to get themselves arrested. From the AJC:
Activists blocked traffic on downtown Courtland Street for about an hour Tuesday afternoon as they demonstrated against a ban on illegal immigrants attending Georgia colleges.
Police routed traffic off the road and onto Gilmer Street during the protest and then arrested at least seven of the activists. Authorities reopened Courtland just before 4 p.m.
Earlier Tuesday afternoon, several of the activists declared they were illegally in the country and decried restrictions illegal immigrant students face in the United States.
Some spoke in favor of the DREAM Act, a congressional measure that would have given young illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they enrolled in college or joined the military. That measure failed in Congress last year.
More than a hundred college students, civil rights activists and others marched around the Georgia State University campus before several of them sat in the middle of Courtland and unfurled a large red and white banner that declared: “We will not longer remain in the shadows.”
Maybe it’s just me, but being inconvenienced by this or that group of people protesting ABC policy or XYZ law has never endeared me to the protesters or their cause.
– By Kyle Wingfield
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